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School Governance

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019

This briefing provides information on school governance structures in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and looks at the main responsibilities of school governors in England.

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School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland does not have a formal system of school governance and instead schools have Parent Councils to maintain links with the school community.

The first section of this briefing looks at how school governance is structured in different school types in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The following sections look at the main roles and responsibilities of school governors and some of the challenges associated with the position. Finally, the briefing will look at recruitment and skills of school governors.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8072

Authors: Robert Long; Nancy Wilkinson

Topic: Schools

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